The answers to the following frequently asked questions may be helpful to prospective students.
1. Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Programs
3. Prerequisite Courses and Extension Courses
4. Other Landscape Architecture or Allied Programs in the Seattle and Pacific Northwest Region
5. Financing Your Education
6. Employment in the Profession
7. Visiting the Department
- What is the difference between the BLA
and MLA degrees and Department programs?
There are many similarities between the BLA and MLA programs but also some unique differences. These will be highlighted here to help you choose the degree program that is most appropriate for you.
The BLA and MLA programs both offer professional degrees. This means upon graduation with a professional degree and three years work experience for a licensed landscape architect, you are eligible to take the State Licensing Exam in Olympia, WA to become a registered Landscape Architect.
If you do not have a previous Bachelor's degree, you must apply to the BLA program. If you do have a previous Bachelor's degree, you are eligible to apply to either the BLA or MLA program. It is common for people who have a previous Bachelor's degree to go into the professional BLA program.
The BLA and MLA programs both focus on design. Students in either program share the same studio and construction courses their first year and part of their second (unless the MLA student qualifies for the two-year track program).
- What is the difference between the two-year
and three-year track MLA program?
Those people who have a previous Architecture or Landscape Architecture undergraduate degree are eligible to do the MLA program on the two-year track, instead of the standard three-year track. You must apply by January 15th for the next Autumn Quarter and you must submit a portfolio. It will be up to the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Chair to determine if you are eligible for the two-year track. Occasionally, students with an Environmental Design degree are eligible for the two-year track.
- Can I go to school part-time?
No. These are full-time programs. Students are expected to complete the program in three years. Each studio class is part of a sequence and is offered once a year. The UW Department of Landscape Architecture is looking for focused people, who will stay on track, and who will complete the program on time. Some people work part-time, but your job needs to be very flexible. The studio courses are often three times a week, half a day. You must arrange your schedule around the courses.
- What foreign study opportunities are
There are several Foreign Studies programs available within the College of Built Environments (CBE). Students find that by going on a program through CBE, they do not get behind in their studio sequences. There are popular programs in Italy, Denmark, Mexico, and India. Master's students often find opportunities to study abroad and to incorporate their research in their theses.
- When do I apply to the Landscape Architecture
Both the BLA and MLA programs have once a year application dates for the following Autumn Quarter. You must apply by January 15th for the MLA program and by February 15th for the BLA program, to start the following Autumn Quarter.
- Do I only apply to the Department of
No. You must begin by appling to the University of Washington if you are not already enrolled. You apply to the Undergraduate School for the BLA program and to the Graduate School for the MLA program.
- How do I apply to the University of Washington?
Undergraduate Students may contact the University of Washington, 1410 N.E. Campus Parkway, 320 Schmitz Hall, Box 355852, Seattle, WA 98195, 206-543-9686, for an application. You may also apply online at http://admit.washington.edu. Be sure and read the Frequently Asked Questions section.
If you would like counseling about the application process, advice on how your credits may transfer and/or suggestions about writing your Personal Statement to apply to the UW, contact the Undergraduate Advising Center, Academic Counselor, Kurt Xyst, 171 Mary Gates Hall, Office #B, Box 352805, Seattle, WA 98195, 206-543-7682, 206-543-2551, 206-543-2550, Fax: 206-685-8299, email email@example.com
Prospective undergraduate students are encouraged to attend Transfer Thursdays. There is an Information Meeting at 2:30 p.m. Advisors are available 1:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your transcripts, if you would like to see an advisor.
Graduate students may contact the University of Washington, Graduate Admissions, 301 Loew Hall, Box 352191, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2191, 206-543-5929. You must now apply on-line by going to https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/
International students should read the Frequently Asked Questions section of International Admissions.
- Will you please send me a catalogue and
The Department of Landscape Architecture provides all Department information and application materials on the web.
All aplication forms and ecommendation forms are online and can be found by going to : http://larch.be.washington.edu/Admissions/mla_app.php . You can find courses offered in the Landscape Architecture Department under the Academics and Research section of our website. In the spirit of using resources wisely we do not send catalogue information.
The University of Washington has also put the entire catalogue for the University on their website, in the Student Guide section. The Student Guide section is also where you would find the Time Schedule of courses offered each quarter at University and the Tuition Rates.
You can purchase a hard copy of the University of Washington catalog at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way, Seattle, WA 98105, 206-634-3400.
- What do I need to apply to the Landscape
Both the BLA and MLA applications require:
- a Department Application
- a Statement of Interest
- Official Transcripts from any junior colleges, colleges or universities you have attended
- Three Letters of Recommendation.
- a Portfolio
The MLA application also requires GRE scores and a copy of the University of Washington Graduate School Application.
International students must also submit their TOEFL scores and complete the Preliminary Evaluation Process (PEP) before applying to the Department of Landscape Architecture and the University of Washington Graduate School.
Undergraduate International students should go to the University's International Student site for further application instructions.
- Who should write my Letters of Recommendation?
The Letters of Recommendation are an important part of the application. Choose people to write in support of your application that can speak to your skills and abilities in different capacities:
- Professional recommendations may be from employers, etc.
- Service recommendations may be from volunteer coordinators, directors of clubs or organizations, coaches, etc.
- Academic recommendations may be from college
faculty, high school teachers, etc.
- What goes into a portfolio? What are
the best portfolios like?
Portfolios are personal demonstrations of your creative skills and abilities to date. It can include examples from courses, work experience, and any of your interests and achievements. The portfolio should show things about you that your academic record, statement of interest, and letters of recommendation may not show. The admissions committee looks for your creative abilities and spatial skills, as they assess your potential in and commitment to landscape architecture. Here is your chance to show what is unique about you.
People often include freehand drawings, graphics, photography, photos of three-dimensional works, printed out websites they have designed, posters, invitations, poetry, and creative and expository writings. The committee will NOT look at slides, CD's, non-printed out websites, videos or cassettes. The layout and craft of your examples in the portfolio is important in communicating your message. The portfolio does not (and should not) be expensive, but simply neatly, carefully, and thoughtfully composed.
Do not include any original artwork, only reproductions. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for us to mail the portfolio back to you, or make arrangements to come in and pick it up.
- What do I say in the Statement of Purpose?
This is an important part of the application that the committee uses to understand your personal and professional motives and goals. In 1-3 pages, explain your reasons for wishing to pursue a career as a landscape architect, and why you would like to be in this Department. Provide a coherent, well-organized, well-presented, and personable introduction to yourself, your motives, and your aspirations and achievements. Tell the committee what benefit you would bring to the program and the profession. address how the curriculum, vision, and misson of this department would support your career goals and and objectives.
- How recently will I need to have taken
the GRE or TOEFL and what kind of scores do I need? Do I
need to send the scores to the Department?
Your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores only stay in the database for five years. If you already have a Graduate Degree, you will need to speak with the Graduate Program Coordinator to see if you need to retake the GRE. For more information about the GRE, contact them at their website or the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, telephone 1-800-537-3160 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GRE is only part of the MLA Admissions process. You need to be competitive but they also look at your work experience, transcripts, Statement of Interest and Letters of Recommendation and portfolio.
International students are required to submit a TOEFL score (except applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom). The test scores must be less than two years old. Be sure and check the University of Washington's website for required TOEFL test scores.
Undergraduate International students should go to the University of Washington's website to find out the required TOEFL test scores.
Please do send a hard copy of your GRE and TOEFL scores to the Department. Eventually, we will be able to get both scores off of the Graduate School or Undergraduate School databases, but they are backlogged and behind in entering the scores. Our BLA and MLA Admission Committees need those scores, once they start the admissions process.
- How do I sign up for ESL (English As
A Second Language) courses?
International students, whose TOEFL scores are not high enough, may be required to fulfill the English language proficiency requirement by taking Academic English Program courses. You will find these courses listed on the UW website <http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/>: Go to the current Quarter and then English Department. They will be listed as ENG 100, 101,102, and 103. For further information, contact The University of Washington, Residency Classification Office, 264 Schmitz, Box 355850, Seattle, WA 98195. Telephone: 206-543-5932 or go to http://aep.washington.edu. There you will find information about the UW Engliash language proficiency requirements for both undergraduate and graduate students, AEP course descriptions, and registration information. International and English language Programs, Professional, and Continueing Education. Or you can contact English Language Programs, UW Extension, Box 354232, Seattle, WA 98195. Telephone: 206-543-6242. The course fee will be on your MyUW
- What Official Transcripts do you need
and how many?
The Department of Landscape Architecture needs one official transcript from each college or university you have attended. This includes Community Colleges, Extension courses, and Foreign Studies. If the Foreign Studies was included on your Domestic University transcript, write that on your application, so that we will not be expecting a transcript to be sent.
The Graduate School needs one copy of official transcripts from those schools that have granted you a Bachelor's or higher degree, once you have been admitted into the program.
The transcripts sent to both the Department and to the Graduate School should be sent in a sealed envelope bearing the Registrar's seal.
International students need to submit to the University of Washington's Undergraduate or Graduate School, one official sealed copy of a transcript from each university or college they attended, at the time they apply to the University. A separate department determines how the grading system of each International School compares to the University of Washington.
Undergraduate students should go to the University of Washington's website and look under Admissions, then Undergraduate Admissions: Freshmen, Transfer, International or Postbac students to get instructions on applying to the University.
- Do you accept students into the programs
at different times?
No. Both the BLA and MLA are competitive programs and there is a once-a-year application process and starting time. The admissions process takes about three months for each program. The required studios are offered sequentially, starting Autumn Quarter.
There are classes students can be taking ahead of time, either as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. See the Prerequisite Courses and Extension Courses section of this Frequently Asked Questions part of our website.
- Who decides if I'm accepted, and what
are the odds?
Both the MLA and BLA Admissions Committees are overseen by the Chair of the Department and are made up of two or three professors and two to four students. The professors and students on the committees change each year.
Acceptance rates vary each year and are always competitive. You should submit the best application you can having chosen the program to which you want to be admitted.
- What if I am not accepted and want to
The number of people who apply and are accepted varies from year to year. You are welcome to try more than once, as you may have taken more classes, gained work experience, or simply become more polished since your last application. The pool of applicants also varies each year.
You may continue to take courses that would count towards a BLA or MLA degree and try again later. Often people working on a Bachelor's degree will then work on a double degree. Your other Bachelor's degree needs to be almost complete by the time you enter the BLA program or be a flexible degree that allows you to take courses that work around your studio classes. Some example of double degrees past students have worked towards include: Art, Botany, Earth Science, Geology, Forestry, History, Psychology, Geography, Construction Management, and Urban Horticulture.
It is easier to obtain a double Bachelor's degree than to finish one Bachelor's degree and try to re-enter the UW as a Post Baccalaureate. Only a few Post Baccalaureates are allowed into the University of Washington each year.
- Can I obtain a Minor in Landscape Architecture?
Yes, as of the year 2000, you can now obtain a Minor in Landscape Studies. See requirements for a Minor under the Academics and Research section and then Program Information of the Department website.
- Do I need to know what I want to write
my thesis about before applying to the MLA program?
No, but your general area of interest should be consistent with the Department focus on Urban Ecological Design.
Some students enter the MLA program knowing their specific area of interest and retain this interest throughout the program. Some students change their area of interest once they start taking classes. Some students enter the program without a specific area of interest and develop one during the first two years of studio and coursework.
MLA students should be open to considering thesis topics during their first two years in the program, gradually focusing in on the specific topic they will write their thesis on. Consultation with Departmental faculty, to find an area of shared interest, is an integral part of this process.
- How can I find out more about the Certificate
These programs are offered to students through the Urban Design and Planning Department in the College of Built Environments while others are offered through other departments.. Students should plan ahead to participate in these programs and finish their Landscape Architecture degree on time.
- Which prerequisite courses are required
to apply to the programs?
The BLA program requires that you have taken:
- LARC 300 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture - offered Summer and Autumn quarters.
AND One of the following:
- LARC 352 - History of Landscape Architecture - offered two nights a week Autumn quarter.
- LARC 353 - History of Modern Landscape Architecture - offered two nights a week Winter quarter.
The following classes are highly recommended for applying to the BLA program:
- ART 121 - Drawing - offered Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters.The Art Department will open up all of the art classes to non-majors Summer quarter.
- ART 190 - Introduction to Drawing - offered AWSp quarters
- BIOL 117 Plant Identification and Classification, offered Sping and Summer quarters.This course is recommended to take before ESRM 331 Landscape Plant Recognition, which is a required course to graduate from Landscape Architecture. Or take BOT 110 or BOT 113 in Junior Colleges.
- ESS 101 - Introduction to Geological Sciences - offered Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. This is a prerequisite course to take ESS 315 Environmental Geology, which is a required course for the BLA program, offered winter quarter. You can also take ESS 301(Geology of the Northwest), offered Spring quarter.
The MLA program does not have any prerequisite courses before applying. Taking courses is one way to stand out from the crowd and show that you have researched your decision to become a Landscape Architect.
- What courses can I take before I am accepted
into the program?
Courses offered to non- majors are listed below. These courses may help you decide if this is the profession you want to pursue or can help lighten your load later on, if you are accepted into the program.
- LARC 300 Introduction to Landscape Architecture - offered Summer and Autumn quarter.
- LARC 361 Experience of Place - offered Autumn or Winter quarter.
- LARC 322 Introduction to Planting Design - offered Spring quarter.
- LARC 341 Site Planning and Analysis -offered Autumn quarter
- LARC 352 History of Landscape Architecture - offered two nights a week Autumn quarter.
- LARC 353 History of Modern Landscape Architecture - offered two nights a week Winter quarter.
- LARC 362 Urban Landscapes - offered Winter or Spring quarter.
- LARC 363 Ecological Design and Planning - offered Spring quarter
- LARC 452 History of Urban Design and Planning - offered Autumn or Spring quarter.
Often an elective studio open to non-majors is offered Summer quarter.
- ART 121 Drawing - offered Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. Any basic drawing class from a Community College or other schools would be a help.
- ESRM 210 Introductory Soils - offered Autumn and Spring quarters.
- ESRM 311 Soils and Land Use - offered Winter quarter.
- ESRM 331 Landscape Plant Recognition - offered Spring quarter. Required for both the BLA and MLA programs.
- ESS 315 Environmental Geology - offered Winter quarter. This is a requirement for the BLA program only.
- ESS 301 Geology of the Northwest - offered Spring Quarter. This can be taken in lieu of ESS 315, for BLA program only.
- ESRM 480 Selection and Management of Landscape Plant - prerequisite ESRM 210, recommended
Both the BLA and MLA programs require an Environmental Legislation/Law course. Some suggestions to fulfill this requirement are:
- ARCH 574/CM 500 Design and Construction Law - offered one night a week Spring quarter.
- MGMT 200 Introduction to Law - offered every quarter. BLA students only are allowed to use this course as their Environmental Legislation requirement.
- FISH 447 Ecosystem- Based Restoration Ecology. Offered Autumn quarter.
Both the BLA and MLA programs require at least one computer course. Most students take LARC 440 Computers in Landscape Architecture (not open to non-majors) and a CAD (Computer Aided Design) course, at the very least. Computer skills are important in the profession of Landscape Architecture.
- CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) classes are suggested. You need to know CAD for an Internship or Entry level position in the profession. North Seattle Community College offers evening CAD courses. You can reach them at 206-527-7305. The AutoCAD classes are offered through the Construction, Engineering and Drafting Department. They offer TDR 174 Beginning AutoCAD and TDR 175 Intermediate AutoCAD. The Landscape Architecture CAD courses at the UW are offered only to students in the program, due to class size.
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems) courses are offered through the Geography Department and sometimes through Community, Enveiroment, and Planning and the Urban Design and Planning programs/ department.
The BLA program also requires the students take one course in UDP (Urban Design and Planning), Ecology and Forestry. See the Directive Electives section of the BLA program portion of this website, for suggested courses.
- How can I take classes at the UW before
becoming matriculated (formally accepted into the University)?
How does UW Extension Work?
Non-matriculated students can take courses open to non-majors at the UW as an Extension student any time of the year. During Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, matriculated students have first priority for enrollment. During Summer quarter, Extension students have equal priority for enrollment with matriculated students.
Any credit courses completed as an Extension student are recorded on a transcript. If and when you are accepted to the University, there is a record you have taken these courses and these credits transfer.
The Extension Office publishes a course catalog for courses offered through the Extension Program. Many of the Certificate Programs offered through Extension, however, are not considered credit courses. Examples include: Wetlands Science and Management, Screenwriting, Film and Video Production. However, most of the Construction Management courses are considered credit courses. Check with the Extension Office to determine whether or not a course is offered for University credit.
If Extension students wish to take credit courses at the University, which are not listed in the Extension Program Course Catalog, they must get permission from the professor. A form from the Extension Office must be signed by the professor before or during the first week of the course.The form can be downloaded off the web from the extensions program. The professor will sign the form only if it is a course open to non-majors and there is room in the class. Be sure and attend the first day of class. The UW must give first priority to matriculated students. Payment for the class is still made to the Extension Office.
Credit courses offered at the University of Washington can be found by checking the UW website: Go to the current Quarter and then to the Department where you are interested in taking a course. You will find the SLN (Schedule Line Number - four digit number that tells the computer system which class it is). You need this number to fill out the above permission form. You will also find where and when the class meets.
Students who are at a Community College or other college, can take prerequisite courses, as an Extension student, before they transfer to the UW. Examples of courses often taken before transferring are LARC 300, 352, 353, and 322.
The UW accepts very few Post Baccalaureate students. Taking courses as an Extension student has become more common.
Only 12-15 non-matriculated courses count towards a Master's degree. However, the MLA students end up having more credits than they need to graduate, so this has not been a problem. Taking courses through Extension is a helpful way to explore the profession, or take some of the required courses at a less expensive rate and to lighten your academic load later.
Extension courses charge by the credit only. If you are matriculated into the University and have not established residency, you must pay out-of-state tuition, which is higher than in-state tuition.
Contact the Extension Office for more information about their program and how to register. You can obtain a Summer quarter catalog, with an application in the back, at 320 Schmitz Hall, Box 355840 (corner of University Ave. and N.E. Campus Parkway), Seattle, WA 98195 or call 206-543-9686.
The UW Extension Office is located at 4311 11th Ave Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105. Their telephone number is 206-543-2320.
- What other Landscape Architecture Programs
are there in the Seattle or Pacific Northwest region?
There are no other professional Landscape Architecture programs in the Seattle area.
Other Pacific Northwest accredited landscape architecture programs are: BLA at Washington State University; BLA, MLA and Ph.D at University of Oregon; BLA at University of Idaho; and MLA at University of British Columbia. See the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architecture) Accreditation website for other accredited landscape architecture programs in the United States and Canada.
The ASLA can be reached at 636 Eye Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 2001-3736. Telephone # 202-898-2444. Fax # 202-898-1185
There are two Horticulture programs offered in the Seattle area, at Edmonds Community College and South Seattle Community College. These are not professional Landscape Architecture programs. They are considered Vocational programs and very few of the credits from these programs transfer to the UW. We have had students come from these programs, as they indicate a strong interest in the field. You still need to take the prerequisite classes and University of Washington Areas of Knowledge requirements, in order to transfer to the UW.
To determine how your credits from these programs would transfer, contact the office of the Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Advising Center, Mary Gates Hall, 171 Gateway Center, Office #B, Box 352805, Seattle, WA 98195. Telephone # 206-543-2551 or 206-543-2550. Fax # 206-685-8299.
- How long am I considered an out-of-state
In Washington State, graduate students have been able to establish residency by residing in Washington State for one year, being financially independent, and obtaining a Washington State Driver's license, bank account, and vehicle registration prior to enrolling. This does not apply to International students. Residency requirements are changing as of 2003, please see http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/residency.html for details.
- How much is tuition?
The tution costs are listed in the UW website student guide. The student guide section is also where you can find the UW catalog and the time schedule of classes offered for each quarter.
- Can I take required classes ahead of
Yes. There are some classes you could take ahead of time as an Extension student. See the Prerequisite Courses and Extension Courses section of this Frequently Asked Questions portion of the our website. If you move here early to establish residency, Extension courses offer a less expensive way to take courses ahead of time.
- Are Scholarships or Teaching Assistant
(TA) positions available?
Department Scholarships are awarded to students in their second and third years. Students apply for them Spring quarter. Opportunities for department scholarships are small in amount and number and so it is recommended to rely on scholarships and sources of funding outside the Department.
The Department offers several Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions. The students for these positions apply Spring quarter and are selected by the Faculty.
Students are e-mailed throughout the year with scholarship opportunities from other organizations. This information is also posted to the Scholarships and Jobs board outside the Department office.
The Grants & Funding Information Services Center (GFIS) is located in Room G86A, Allen Library, South Wing, on the UW Campus. Their email is email@example.com. Telephone: 206-616-3084. They can help with Internet Searches for grant and scholarship money. They offer workshops for faculty, staff and students to do their own web searches.
Some Students, particularly the hard science majors, are able to find a TA position in the Departments of their undergraduate degrees (e.g., Biology, Forestry, Program on the Environment, etc...). Contact these departments directly to inquire about opportunities.
Undergraduate scholarships are listed on the University of Washington website for the Undergraduate Scholarship Office.
There is a Fundraising Resource Center at the Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4620.
- How do I apply for Financial Aid?
Contact the Financial Aid Office at the University of Washington, 105 Schmitz Hall, Box 355880, Seattle, WA 98195. Telephone: 206-543-6101 or 543-9610.
You will need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is the basic financial application that students (and their families) must complete to be considered for Financial Aid. Please note that the FAFSA must be received by the Federal Application Processor by February 28th, the application priority filing deadline. It is recommended that it be mailed by February 15th. The Application Instructions and other information about financial aid at the University can be viewed on their website.
Applications are also in a rack outside the Financial Aid Office in Schmitz Hall.
- Are Internships available?
The Department offers both an Internship program (for graduate students) and Practicum program (for undergraduate students). These programs allow students to work for university credit with Landscape Architecture professionals who introduce students to the wide variety of activities involved in professional practice. There is a strong professional community in the Seattle region, offering students the opportunities for positions in design firms, non-profit organizations, and public agencies in landscape design, planning, construction, and policy-making.
Students may participate in an internship or practicum after their second year in their respective programs. It is recommended that students complete CAD coursework before applying. Students earn (6) credits for 20 hours of work a week for 10 weeks, and (3) credits for 10 hours a week for 10 weeks.
Both the internship and practicum programs have outstanding success rates with participating professionals and students. Many students are offered permanent employment with their host firm or agency upon graduation.
- Are there paid Internships?
Paid Internships are available through the professional community but are not eligible for university credit. Students can negotiate a wage earned for any practicum or internship work done over the required time for which university credit is received. Often a practicum or internship can lead to a summer paid internship.
- Does the Department offer job placement
services after graduation?
The practicum and internship programs are the Department's formal job placement programs. In addition students are generally well connected and networked into the profession through their coursework by the time they graduate. Alumni and employers contact the Department and individual professors when they have positions available. The Department then emails any job opportunities to all students and posts the announcements on the Department job board. We are proud to note that all of our graduating students find jobs soon after graduation in landscape architecture firms or allied design and planning professions.
U.S. News and World Report have listed Landscape Architect and Urban Planner in the Top 50 Careers for 2010.
Numbers of Landscape Architects according U.S. News and World Report are expected to jump 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 and Urban Planners are expected to also to grow 19 percent from 38,400 jobs in 2008 to 45,700 jobs by 2018.
- I would like to be a golf course designer.
Is this a good program for me?
Golf courses are quite popular and there is certainly a need and growing interest to design them in a more ecologically sustainable manner. However, the University of Washington's BLA and MLA programs do not offer any courses geared specifically to golf course design. We suggest the following:
- You can obtain a MSc in Golf Course Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University, in association with the British Institute of Golf Course Architects. The course takes a year and you must already have a BLA or MLA degree. Their address is: Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), Attn.: Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF, UK. Telephone +44 (0) 131 221 6091. Fax: +44 (0) 131 221 6005. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- American Society of Golf Course Architects
111 East Walker Drive, 18th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601. 312-372-7290 http://www.golfdesign.org.
- Michigan State University has developed an interdisciplinary Masters degree in Enviromental Design. It is aimed at students with undergraduate design degree, probably BLA/BSLA. Golf Course Architecture is one of the specific expertise offered. See http://www.ssc.msu.edu/~la/ed or Michigan State University, 101 UP and LA Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1221. 517-353-7880.
- Canadian Golf Foundation at Golf House, 1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6J 4Z3, Canada. Telephone: 905-849-9700, to receive suggestions of where to study.
- Mississippi State University (601-325-3012)
and University of Guelph (519-824-4120) have also offered
courses in the past.
- What is your policy for visiting the
We highly recommend it! Prospective students are always welcome to visit the Department and sit in on classes. To make best use of your time here, it is best to contact the Department by phone or email to schedule appointments with the Chair and professors, and to find out when and where classes are offered. We also offer an open house in the Fall and Winter Quarters- check out the department's website. for the date of the next open house.
- Where can I stay, if I come for a visit
to the Department?
The College Inn is right across the street from Gould Hall, where the Department is located. You can contact them at 206-633-4441. The website tells you which buses to take from the airport. Their address is: 4000 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98195.
Other accommodations in the city can be found at the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitor's Bureau website.
- Where do I look for housing, if I move
You could contact UW housing through their website.
Both Stevens Court and the Commodore Duchess Apts. are walking distance to Gould Hall (where most of the Landscape Architecture classes and the Main Office for the Department are located - corner of University Ave. and 40th).
There is also a room in the bottom floor of the HUB (Student Union Building) on campus, which posts listings for rentals, especially near campus.
Most people say that by September, housing is tight, so look ahead. Here are some other sources:
For "what's going on around town":